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Terry Taylor wins the 2018 Red Smith Award

Editor’s note: Terry Taylor, the 2018 winner of the Red Smith Award for extended meritorious service to sports journalism, points to her entry in the display of previous award winners. The following is a link to her acceptance speech for the award.

Red Smith Award winner Terry Taylor: I have never, ever been prouder to be a journalist

Weekly Roundup: June 5 – June 11

Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) of Sports Illustrated examines why the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty will keep going for the foreseeable future.

Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) of The Athletic profiles Ohio State’s Tyreke Smith and the role of race in his recruitment.

Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) takes an inning-by-inning look at the Houston Astros strange combined no-hitter.

Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) of ESPN explains how Draymond Green’s financial sacrifice and recruiting ability helped land Kevin Durant with the Golden State Warriors.

Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) of The Washington Post gives an in-depth description of the Washington Capitals’ first night with the Stanley Cup.

Emily Kaplan (@EmilyMKaplan) of ESPN explains why hockey players don’t say “I” when they speak to the media.

Weekly Roundup: May 22 – June 4

Mike Sielski (@MikeSielski) of The Philadelphia Inquirer examines Bryan Colangelo’s fatal flaw during his stint with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Steve Popper (@StevePopper) of NorthJersey.com looks at how the memory of Shannon Dalton Forde is kept alive at a field.

Frank Gogola (@FrankGogola) of 406 MT Sports writes about how a play used by the Golden State Warriors is keeping alive the memory of the 1991 Big Sky Champion Montana Grizzlies.

Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) of Sports Illustrated remembers Chic Anderson’s call of Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes victory in 1973 that clinched the Triple Crown.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch remembers Red Schoendienst’s life and legacy he leaves behind as Mr. Cardinal.

Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) of The Athletic explains why drafting Luke Heimlich would have sent the wrong message.

Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) of USA Today looks at the non-existent relationship between former UCLA teammates Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer.

Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) of ESPN writes about Kyle Korver and how he’s trying to triumph during a difficult season away from the court.

Postcard from Speedway: From Smelling Roses to Kissing Bricks, How I Was Pleasantly Surprised By My Hometown Event

I didn’t want to love the Indianapolis 500.

People told me horror stories about “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”: the monstrous, miles-long traffic jams that’d make me beg to watch paint dry, the drunken debauchery of the Snake Pit, the mind-numbingness of watching cars go round and round a 2 1/2-mile track for 3 ½ hours. . .

I’m sad to say that, for 21 years, I believed them.

Until this year.

Indianapolis Monthly offered me press credentials, and I had the opportunity to pursue a Danica Double of my own: covering two of America’s preeminent sporting events, the Rose Bowl for the IUPUI Sports Capital Journalism Program and Indianapolis 500 events for Indianapolis Monthly, in the same calendar year.

Both, of course, which require early-morning wake-up calls.

It was 12:30 a.m. the night before my first Indianapolis 500. I was getting up in 6 ½ hours.

I wondered if I should get up in five.

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Postcard from Speedway: ‘I Had Never Seen a Spectacle Like This’

A month ago I was preparing to attend my first Indianapolis 500. Paddock Box 34, Row G, Seat 2 was where I was going to witness the start and the finish before my plans changed. I woke up Sunday knowing I was going to watch from the media center, an opportunity that would not be possible without the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI.

I didn’t sleep very well Saturday night. Probably a combination of nerves and adrenaline as I anticipated the race. I had known what to expect from a race fan’s perspective, but I knew Sunday would be different. I did not want to begin to guess what would be in store for me.

It was about 7:30 Sunday morning when I parked in Lot 2, just west of Georgetown Road. I had never seen a spectacle like this. I made my way to the infield right away to see what I could find. I loved seeing all the Corvettes, Indianapolis 500 pace cars from the past. It was also very cool to see the IMSA Team Penske Acura on display.

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